“Ol Mc-Jesus had a Church, Me-O, Me-O, My.”

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Everyone is familiar with the “Golden Arches” where you can always have it “your way.” But the consumerism of our culture has invaded our church buildings, where we all gather and want it “our way”, whether that is the “Jesus Way” or not. From the style of music, to the comfort of the building; from the message of prosperity, to the don’t rock the boat, we are all about what we want.

Church shopping has become a lifestyle for many. We have produces a consumer based religion with lip service to Jesus, and entertainment as our goal. But what happened to the “servanthood” that Jesus modeled and taught? Remember the upper room where they shared the Passsover Meal that would become the “Last Supper?”

As beautiful as Leonardo Da Vinci’s protrait of that occaision may be, it is inaccurate. They didn’t sit or stand behind one side of the table. They reclined around the table, meaning someone’s feet would be in your face. Because they were either barefooted, or clad with sandals, feet were dirty. And it was customary when you entered a home that someone would wash your feet.

The disciples were busy arguing about which one of them might be the greatest in the Kingdom. So Jesus got up, even though He was God in the flesh, He got up and gird Himself with a towel, grabbed a basin of water and proceeded to wash all of the disciples’ feet. When He finished, He instructed them about the importance of humility and serving others. Indeed, “Saved People Serve People.”

What happens when you try and return the church to its Biblical model? What does radical call to service look like? What is most important in our lives? Will the church in America survive the prosperity of the last century? Can we free our faith from the vestiges of Americanism and return it to real Biblical faith?  All of these are great questions to consider today.

We sang the song growing up. Old MacDonald had a farm. Use that tune to the title of this blog. “Ol Mc-Jesus had a Church, Me-O, Me-O, My.” Will we break free?

  1. Frank Lengel says:

    Yes! Me … me … me! Me-I … Me-I … Me-I … ahhhhh!

    LOL. Just kidding, but a very important thought for all believers. I must decrease that He might increase!



  2. Jeremy Lytle says:

    Many Christians could learn from the Army Values, starting with the first one:


    Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers. Bearing true faith and allegiance is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. A loyal Soldier is one who supports the leadership and stands up for fellow Soldiers. By wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army you are expressing your loyalty. And by doing your share, you show your loyalty to your unit.


    Fulfill your obligations. Doing your duty means more than carrying out your assigned tasks. Duty means being able to accomplish tasks as part of a team. The work of the U.S. Army is a complex combination of missions, tasks and responsibilities — all in constant motion. Our work entails building one assignment onto another. You fulfill your obligations as a part of your unit every time you resist the temptation to take “shortcuts” that might undermine the integrity of the final product.


    Treat people as they should be treated. In the Soldier’s Code, we pledge to “treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same.” Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in other people. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty. And self-respect is a vital ingredient with the Army value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best effort. The Army is one team and each of us has something to contribute.

    Selfless Service

    Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own. Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving your country, you are doing your duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.


    Live up to Army values. The nation’s highest military award is The Medal of Honor. This award goes to Soldiers who make honor a matter of daily living — Soldiers who develop the habit of being honorable, and solidify that habit with every value choice they make. Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do.


    Do what’s right, legally and morally. Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you. The more choices you make based on integrity, the more this highly prized value will affect your relationships with family and friends, and, finally, the fundamental acceptance of yourself.

    Personal Courage

    Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral). Personal courage has long been associated with our Army. With physical courage, it is a matter of enduring physical duress and at times risking personal safety. Facing moral fear or adversity may be a long, slow process of continuing forward on the right path, especially if taking those actions is not popular with others. You can build your personal courage by daily standing up for and acting upon the things that you know are honorable.

    from: http://www.army.mil/values/

    I am amazed at how biblical the Army Values are, especially if one shifts the emphasis to Christ, and to an important, but lesser extent, to the church.

    Notice the Values spell the acronym L.D.R.S.H.I.P.

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